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Kino Lorber Acquires Cuban Documentary and Sundance Winner ‘Epicentro’

Kino Lorber Acquires Cuban Documentary and Sundance Winner ‘Epicentro’

Kino Lorber acquired the U.S. and anglophone Canadian distribution rights to “Epicentro,” Hubert Sauper’s documentary about post-colonial Cuba that won the World Documentary Grand Jury Prize, the distributor announced Monday.

In “Epicentro,” Sauper explores a century of interventionism and myth-making together with the extraordinary people of Havana — particularly its children, whom he calls “young prophets” — to interrogate time, imperialism and cinema itself.

The film is a metaphorical portrait of post-colonial, “utopian” Cuba, where the 1898 explosion of the USS Maine still resonates. This Big Bang ended Spanish colonial dominance in the Americas and ushered in the era of the American Empire. At the same time and place, a powerful tool of conquest was born: cinema as propaganda.

Kino Lorber will give the documentary a theatrical rollout beginning this fall, followed by a DVD release as well as a streaming release on KinoNow.com.

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